15 Recipes for Beans, Lentils, & Split Peas

This collection of recipes is all about the flavors and versatility of beans, lentils, and split peas. You’ll find everything from hearty stews and creamy soups to savory mains and side dishes. Far from bland or boring, these recipes are delicious and versatile.

Old-Fashioned Leftover Ham Bone Soup With Beans

Two bowls of thick leftover hambone soup full of beans, ham, potatoes, and root vegetables.
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Old-Fashioned Leftover Ham Bone Soup with Beans is a practical and flavorful recipe that uses a leftover ham bone and beans to create a comforting soup. It’s an easy way to repurpose leftovers into something new, offering a satisfying and warm meal that’s both simple to make and enjoyable for any occasion.

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Istrian Jota: Pork, Bean & Sauerkraut Soup

A bowl of Istrian jota soup or stew full of ham, beans, sauerkraut, bacon, and other vegetables.
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A traditional dish hailing from the Istrian peninsula, blending rich pork, hearty beans, and tangy sauerkraut in a robust soup. This recipe for jota offers a harmonious mix of comforting and familiar flavors, making it a standout choice for those looking to explore regional cuisines. It’s a fulfilling meal that brings a taste of Istria’s culinary heritage to your table.

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German Split Pea Soup (Erbsensuppe)

A bowl full of German split pea soup with vegetables, potatoes, split peas, and ham.
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German Split Pea Soup is a classic dish known for its thick, hearty texture and comforting flavors. This soup is a staple in German cuisine and is made with split peas, vegetables, and traditionally smoked meats. It’s a simple yet satisfying meal that warms you from the inside out, perfect for cold days or any days, really.

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Sheet Pan Curried Chicken & Tahini Dressing

A sheet pan full of curried chickens, lentils, veggies and lemon wedges.
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This recipe combines flavorful curried chicken with the earthiness of lentils, all roasted on a single sheet pan for ease and convenience. Drizzled with a creamy tahini dressing, this dish blends bold flavors and textures. It’s an ideal recipe for those seeking a flavorful and straightforward meal, offering a modern twist on classic ingredients.

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Croatian Bean Soup

A bowl of Croatian grah with beans and smoked pork ribs.
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I grew up eating grah just like this every week. This is my mother’s recipe and her mother’s recipe before that. Grah is a thick bean stew with smoked pork, and it’s quintessential Balkan peasant food that keeps you warm and going.

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Jamaican Oxtail Stew With Butterbeans

Jamaican oxtail stew with butterbeans served with rice.
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No longer peasant food, oxtail has skyrocketed in popularity and price. But this delicious cut of meat is so worth it for a special occasion. This authentic Jamaican oxtail stew is made with butterbeans (lima beans) and is worth the time and effort to prepare.

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Balkan Bean Soup

A bowl of Bosnian bean soup.
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The Bosnian version of grah is made with smoked beef. Here, I make it with smoked beef sausage.

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Mediterranean White Bean Salad

A bowl of white bean salad with a slice of bread.
Photo Credit: Mamazilla – mood for food.

A refreshing blend of white beans, crisp veggies, and Mediterranean herbs, dressed in a light vinaigrette.

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Black Eyed Peas & Rice

Black Eyed Peas and white rice in a bowl.
Photo Credit: Sense & Edibility.

A classic Southern dish with black-eyed peas, rice, and a touch of smoky flavor.

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Budget-Friendly Homemade Refried Beans

A bowl of refried beans wrap with burrito and spread with quesadilla.
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Make rich and creamy refried beans from scratch without breaking the bank.

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Indian Style Mixed Beans Curry

A bowl of mixed beans with rice toppings.
Photo Credit: Green Bowl 2 Soul.

A spicy and hearty curry with a mix of beans, simmered in aromatic Indian spices.

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Greek Baked Lima Beans Casserole

Baked lima beans with tomato sauce and feta cheese.
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Lima beans baked in a Greek-inspired tomato sauce with Mediterranean flavors.

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Habichuelas Guisadas (Puerto Rican Stewed Beans)

A bowl of rice with black beans topping with green leafy and carrots.
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A savory Puerto Rican dish featuring stewed beans with Latin spices.

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Crockpot Baked Beans

A bowl of bacon-infused baked beans, bathed in a sweet and savory sauce.
Photo Credit: Love From The Oven.

Let your slow cooker do the work for this classic baked beans recipe.

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Creole Red Beans & Rice

Red beans and smoked meats with rice toppings in a bowl.
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A taste of New Orleans with red beans, rice, and a dash of Creole seasoning.

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Soups & Stews

A bowl of creamy green roasted asparagus soup topped with sour cream and fresh thyme leaves.
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Some of my best soup and stew recipes.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Time-Savers

Chicken breasts in a creamy tomato sauce.
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